Crews have repaired a broken water main in the Westport area, though it might take a little longer for the street to be fully fixed.
The water main break at West 43rd Street and Roanoke Road was discovered Tuesday night after it created a sinkhole. The break forced crews to close 43rd Street, a popular route between Southwest and the St. Luke’s Hospital area to the east.
Repairs to the water main were finished by 3 p.m. Wednesday, said Colleen Doctorian, spokeswoman for the Kansas City Water Services Department. The hole has been filled in, but the road itself hasn’t been repaired. Workers have placed barricades around the hole until a contractor can complete repairs. Motorists, however, can use the road and drive around that spot.
Repairs to the break were slowed by a gas main located right above the break, said Jim Mellem, assistant director of Kansas City Water Services Department.
Crews needed to make sure that the gas main that crossed over the water main was abandoned. After confirming it was, workers removed the pipe and repaired the water main.
Also complicating the repairs was a gas line on the edge of the excavation of the sink hole.
Water service was also restored Wednesday afternoon to about 20 homes affected by the break, Doctorian said. The water main is 50 to 75 years old.